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A question for Belgian engineers.

  1. Jun 1, 2004 #1
    A question about Belgian engineers.

    What is the difference between an industrial and a civil engineer ?
    I have heard industrial engineering is more practical (hands-on) than civil engineering.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2004
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  3. Jun 1, 2004 #2


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    I'm not sure if it matters if they're Belgian or not.

    Industrial engineers build machines that do manufacturing, packaging, etc. Civil engineers build bridges and skyscrapers.

    - Warren
  4. Jun 2, 2004 #3

    I was referring to the education level of both. In Belgium you can choose industrial engineering or civil engineering (both are Electrical engineering).
    But the difference is that industrial engineering is 4 years and civil engineering is 5 years of study.

  5. Jun 30, 2004 #4

    Hoi jurgen, I'm belgian. (Alles goe?). I can tell you that the difference between industrial and civil engineering is quite big. Civil engineers get a much broader and deeper education, while industrial engineers are much more into studying for very concrete applications.

    Basically, civil engineering is much more difficult and hard.

    And like warren said: industrial engineers are mostly hired by companies to design simple mixers and fridges, while civil engineers invent new things and build much more difficult things , like space elevators and olympic stadiums.
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    Designing a machine wrong might kill a person or two.

    Designing a bridge wrong might kill a few dozen. Hence the extra year.

    Just a guess.

  7. Jul 24, 2004 #6
    Hey thanks,

    I have another question :

    What IQ does one have to have to complete engineering study ?
    I have between 110 and 120. :smile:
  8. Jul 25, 2004 #7

    Hi Jurgen, ik kom ook van het fantastische belgenland...

    Ik zal ook maar in engels schrijven zeker ???
    I studied fysics in Gent and i am gonna continue for civil engineer. I give a lot of tutoring and i have some experience on math and fysics-teaching for university-students.

    I can tell you that the question of IQ is not important, unless one has an IQ of 80 or so. Then it will be difficult on the university. The most important factor is that you have DOORZETTINGSVERMOGEN (sorry, don't know the word in english). what did you study in high-school ? That is also important in order to get a good start...

    nikolaas van der heyden
  9. Jul 25, 2004 #8
    Hoi Nikolaas,

    I studied Informatica (technisch secundair) with 7 hours of math.
    I have been working 10 years, and now I am thinking to go back to school.
    I had problems with math, because i didn't do much for it.
    I would like to brush up my math skills (I have time), I already bought a couple of calculus books, and i am understanding more of it then in high-school.
    What books do you recommend further (maybe lineair algebra or others).
  10. Jul 25, 2004 #9
    Ik denk dat ge wel wat werk gaat hebben, maar het moet zeker te doen zijn.

    Ik zou al zeker starten met de DELTA-boeken voor wat betreft analyse (integralen,...).Daarin zult ge zeker alle nodige kennis vinden die ge moet hebben om goed te starten. Indien ge nu burgerlijk wilt gaan doen zal uw grootste moeilijkheid de lineaire algebra zijn. ik doel hier vooral op zaken als lineair afhankelijk/onafh. basistransformaties, abstracte bewijzen ivm vektoren en hun eigenschappen. al deze zaken worden zeker gezien in het ASO (6-8uur wiskunde). Ivm algebra verwijs ik best naar de boeken van Jennekens.

    denk er ook aan dat ge U regelmatig moet laten testen zodat ge zeker weet of ge de zaken wel correct hebt ingestudeerd. Indien ge nog info wenst moogt ge mij ook mailen op nikolaas.vanderheyden@ugent.be
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  12. Jul 25, 2004 #11
    Hoi Nikolaas,

    Die wiskunde test ziet er moeilijk uit, ik denk dat ik toch veel in te halen heb.
    Ik zal u zeker nog mailen als ik vragen heb.
  13. Aug 20, 2004 #12


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    For reference, I'm a civil engineer (Brussels) and I also did a masters and a PhD in physics. I have been teaching to industrial engineers (Hogeschool Gent). I can tell you that on the surface, there is not so much difference (same kinds of courses and so on), but in reality these are two completely different worlds. An industrial engineer is a kind of boosted technician, and a civil engineer is a scientist. I know that industrial engineers won't accept that, but it is a fact. It is not because they have had courses which have similar titles that the requirements for passing are comparable, I can testify this!
    On the other hand it is true that for most so-called "engineering jobs" you don't really need the skills of a civil engineer.

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